by Ryan Lam, Leland Oliver, Evan Chang, and Marina Lacanilao
Saturday’s showing of Eurydice was a thing of beauty. The cast and crew did an amazing job portraying the story of Eurydice and brought tears to the eyes of those in the audience. The lead actors of the show, co-leads Jennifer Treptow and Hannah Silk (Eurydice), Timothy Byers (Eurydice’s father), Bradley Campbell (Orpheus) and Benjamin Samuels (the interesting man/child), made us laugh and cry with clever humor and by portraying the characters in such a way that the audience really connected with them in the hour and a half show.
Here’s a glimpse of the story: (Spoiler Alert!)
Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice is the account of the Greek myth about Orpheus his late wife, Eurydice, told from Eurydice’s perspective. Jennifer Treptow and Hannah Silk engaged the audience with their portrayal of Eurydice; kind, innocent, and caring, they made us fall in love with their character and not want to look away even for a moment. Their relationship with Eurydice’s father (Timothy Byers) felt so real and when Eurydice had chosen to leave with Orpheus (Brad Campbell) it tore our hearts and made some of us cry. Timothy Byers portrayed the father beautifully, we could feel just how deeply his character loved his daughter and the heartbreak that he felt as she left him for Orpheus and the world of the living. Bradley Campbell played Orpheus magnificently; he made people want to root for him and his wife to beat the odds and return to the living world together, and he left us heartbroken when she wouldn’t go back.
I cannot say enough about how wonderfully the cast portrayed the characters and the story of Eurydice. It was a heartfelt, moving piece that made us connect with the characters on a deeper level and tear up. The show was absolutely stunning and the actors were magnificent.
The play Eurydice was held in Maranatha’s Student Center. As a result, the cast only had one set to work with. However, this was by no means a detriment to the show: it created a very simple, easy to follow presentation of the play. As far as the technical aspect, all of the lighting and music was spot on with how it was intended to be. However, throughout the entirety of the play, there were scenes with very quick and almost awkward lighting changes or cuts. One in particular was when Orpheus (Bradley Campbell) ran out on stage, said one word, then the lights cut within seconds of being turned on. Despite these awkward cuts, the play still exceeded all of my expectations by a long shot and I would without a doubt recommend going to the next Maranatha play to see what they have in store.
Interview with Eurydice’s Father, Tim Byers:
Marina Lacanilao: What was your favorite part about starring in this particular show?
Tim Byers: I really liked the moments of silence that the show would take where there’d be nothing but soundtrack and pure acting with little or no lines. To me it was a challenge I wanted to accomplish in making the silence poignant.
Marina: What did you like most about the character you played?
Tim: I really enjoyed taking on a new kind of role of being a loving father. I’ve always played youthful characters which made this new role difficult since I had to be less energetic physically and more so emotionally. It was a challenge that I enjoyed experiencing.
Interview with Eurydice, Hannah Silk:
Leland Oliver: What did you like most about the show?
Hannah Silk: I loved the depth in the show. Other shows I’ve done have been very movement and plot heavy. This show, from my experience, is unique, as it focuses mostly on emotion.
Leland: What was it like playing Eurydice?
Hannah: It was really fun, but challenging at the same time. Ruhl put layers and layers in the piece, so there was a lot of pressure to deliver so all of the layers of meaning could be communicated to the audience.